Pierre Gasly says he is excited to work with actor Ryan Reynolds, who is part of the investment group which have invested £173 million ($218m) into Alpine.
The investment firm includes Otro Capital, RedBird Capital Partners and Maximum Effort Investments, with the latter being Reynolds’ company and a name inspired by the catchphrase of his character in the film Deadpool.
“What it means, I think, is that the vision of the team, of Alpine, of the Renault Group, of the Formula 1 team to expand and to improve for the future,” Gasly said to the media.
“And to try to use the expertise of these people that are coming on-board. It’s three big firms joining, and they’ve all got really good expertise in sports, NFL, football and in many other disciplines.
“I must say I’m a big fan of him [Reynolds], I think he is one of my favourite actors and I’m definitely super excited to meet him at some point in the season.”
Who is involved in new Alpine investment?
Alongside Reynolds are his Hollywood colleagues: Michael B Jordan, known for his role as Adonis Creed in the Rocky Balboa spin-off movies and Rob McElhenny from the hit TV series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Reynolds and McElhenny are enjoying a successful business relationship at Welsh football club Wrexham AFC, which saw a return to professional football after 15 years, indicating a promising sign for Alpine to secure shrewd backers.
Some of the other names the investment group has stakes with are the Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys, and Liverpool FC who have enjoyed a wealth of success since Fenway Sports Group purchased the football club in 2010.
Following a challenging start to the 2023 F1 season for Alpine, their CEO Laurent Rossi accused the team of a lack of desire, but fortunes have started to change for the Enstone-based squad as Esteban Ocon took a podium in Monaco.
Where is the next F1 2023 race?
With the F1 circus finished in Austria, we move on to the 2023 British Grand Prix which will be held at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England over the weekend of July 7-9.